Soho: A Disappearing Cultural Utopia In London

Neal Fox
The Colony Rooms

 

Portrait and Fine Art Photographer Carla Borel is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  From her project ‘Stillsoho‘.  To see Carla’s body of work click on any image.

 

Sophia
Phoenix

 

Sebastian Horsley with Babette Pereno
The Colony Rooms
Dean Street

 

Royal Academy

 

Stillsoho  is a series of intimate black and white portraits of artists, writers and flanneurs taken in Soho, London when I worked at the French House pub. I was conscious of documenting a new generation of Sohoites and the landscape of a disappearing London. Some of the people and places in Stillsoho such as The Colony Rooms, the favourite haunt of Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, no longer exist, or in the case of Sebastian Horsley, are sadly no longer alive.

 

Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day

 

Hilary red lipstick

 

Weekend

 

The series is a document of a Soho that was still bohemian and elegantly hedonistic, when it was still driven by its history and its fast and louche past characters. The ghosts of these regulars and members of the pubs and clubs on Dean Street, were very much present and talked about. That the whole project was shot on film, and that the pictures look like they were taken many years previously, is important for the sense of nostalgia that pervaded the atmosphere in what I thought was a cultural utopia.

 

Lexington Street

 

Paul Rubbishman
The Colony Rooms

 

Lovers
Soho House

 

See also:

Art World

By Carla Borel

 


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